Assistant Professor

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Position type: Full-Time 9-Month
Department: 031100 - Biological Sciences
Location: Main Campus - Starkville, MS
Categories: Faculty
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Position Function:

The Department of Biological Sciences at Mississippi State University (MSU) invites applicants for a 9-month, tenure-track Assistant Professor position in the fields of molecular, cellular, or developmental biology.

We seek candidates whose research will complement the existing strengths of the department and will address fundamental questions in any area of molecular, cellular, or developmental biology within any taxonomic group. We encourage applicants with bold new perspectives and approaches to research and teaching; particularly those focused on interdisciplinary and collaborative research.

Salary Grade:  UC

Please see Staff Compensation Structure or Skilled Crafts and Service Maintenance Compensation Schedule for salary ranges.  For salary grade UC, these positions are "Unclassified" and salary ranges are determined by the hiring department.

Area of Specialization:

Molecular, Cellular or Developmental Biology

Anticipated Appointment Date:

August 16, 2023

Tenure Track Status:

Tenure Track

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Successful candidates are expected to establish an externally funded research program, teach courses for the undergraduate and graduate programs (M.S. and Ph.D.), and contribute to the service mission of the department.

Minimum Qualifications:

Minimum requirements include a Ph.D. in a relevant area of Biology, with post-doctoral experience, evidence of sustained scholarly productivity, and evidence of teaching competence.

ABDs or degree pending considered (all but DISS):


Working Conditions and Physical Effort

The Department of Biological Sciences provides in-house research infrastructure including new imaging and high-performance computing resources. Core facilities within the department also include the Mississippi State University Herbarium (MISSA), a BSL-2 AALAC animal care facility, a forest reserve, and common-use molecular and imaging facilities.

Mississippi State University is a comprehensive R1 land-grant university that serves more than 22,000 students. The Department of Biological Sciences offers degrees at the B.S. (Biological Sciences, Medical Technology, and Microbiology), M.S., and Ph.D. (Biological Sciences, Computational Biology) levels. Faculty in the department have diverse research interests in bioinformatics, cell biology, developmental biology, ecology, evolutionary biology, genetics, microbiology, and systematics, and are funded by the NIH, NSF, DARPA, USDA, and DOJ, as well as numerous state and private organizations. Campus research infrastructure includes numerous centers and institutes through which Biology faculty have collaborated (, in addition to collaborations with faculty in all of the university’s eight colleges. The MSU herbarium is part of a campus-wide museums and galleries group (, and we are situated within a short drive of more than 120,000 acres of state and federal natural areas, with abundant opportunities for research and recreation.

Instructions for Applying:

Link to apply:

Applicants must apply online at (search job 503312 under Careers tab). Attach (in a single pdf file) a cover letter, a CV, a statement of research expertise and goals (2-page maximum), a statement of teaching interests and competency (2-page maximum), a statement of your contributions and commitment to inclusivity (2-page maximum), contact information for three references, and reprints of up to three publications. Screening of applications will begin August 16, 2022.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

MSU is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, sex, religion, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, pregnancy, gender identity, status as a U.S. veteran, and/or any other status protected by applicable law. We always welcome nominations and applications from women, members of any minority group, and others who share our passion for building a diverse community that reflects the diversity in our student population.

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